Electronic waste (E-waste): what is it?
This term applies to all consumer and business electronic pieces of equipment that are near or at the end of its useful life. There is no specific definition for electronic waste (e-waste) at this time, but any electronic device containing circuit boards or chips is most likely e-waste. Things which contain heavy metals like cadmium, lead, copper, and chromium that can contaminate the environment.
Electronic waste or e-waste is a term used for electronic products that have become obsolete, and have reached the end of their useful life. As technology is advancing at such a high rate, many electronic devices become “trash” after years of use. In fact, all the categories of old electronic items contribute to e-waste.E-waste is created from anything electronic: computers, TVs, monitors, mobile phones, PDA, VCRs, CD players, fax machines, printers, etc. Obsolete electronic devices are rapidly filling landfills around the globe. Australians are among the highest users of technology, and e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste. Of the 15.7 million computers that reached their ‘end of life’ in Australia in 2007-08, only 1.5 million were recycled – that’s less the 10%. (As per Australian bureau of statistics report)